TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Tehran's interim Friday Prayers leader warned on Friday of what he referred to as the threats of civil war in Iraq.
On Friday, Tehran's Prayers Leader, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, said that "The United States and Zionist regime (of Israel) are behind Iraq's recent unrest and the rebellion originated from Washington's plot to divide Muslims for creating situation similar to Syria," according to semi-official Fars news agency.
Several cities of Anbar province in western Iraq have been the scene of anti-government protesters in the past days. Anbar protests, which first began on Dec. 23, swiftly spread to cities in the Sunni provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahudin and Diyala, as well as in Baghdad's Sunni district of Azamiya.
The Sunni protesters complained about injustice, marginalization, discrimination, double standards and politicization of the judicial system. They also accused Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of using judiciary to fight his political opponents in order to legally tame the opposition in the political process.
"The United States and the Zionist regime have devised a plot for Iraq and seek to ignite the flames of sedition and civil war in the country," Jannati was quoted as saying.
He added that the people of Iraq should remain vigilant and not pay attention to the enemy efforts which aim to sow discord among Iraqis.